We wish to appoint a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic individual to lead the school from either September 2021 or January 2022.
Although overall responsibility for WCPS lies with the head master and governors of King’s College School, Wimbledon, on a day-to-day basis the headteacher of Wimbledon Common Prep School will be line-managed by the headmaster of King’s College Junior School. From September 2021, the headmaster of the junior school will be Mr Ted Lougher, currently deputy head at Clifton College Prep School. He and the headteacher of WCPS will meet regularly to discuss the key issues relating to the school.
Within this structure, the headteacher of WCPS has considerable autonomy and is responsible for the education and pastoral well-being of the boys and the professional development of the staff. He or she will be required to:
- Provide the school with a clear vision for the future which is set out in a coherently structured development plan
- Ensure that the boys are safe, secure and happy during their time at the school. Excellent pastoral care and personal, social and health education are of the utmost importance
- Ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of the boys and satisfies the requirements of the Early Years foundation stage
- Lead and manage the staff in such a way that they enjoy their work, and are well motivated to achieve the objectives set out in the school development plan
- Ensure that the staff are provided with relevant training to develop their professional skills
- Liaise successfully with the relevant external agencies and professional bodies
- Establish positive relations with the parents and ensure that they are provided with clear information about all aspects of their son’s progress
- Ensure a high standard of clubs and extra-curricular provision
- Establish good links with prep school headteachers so that parents can be provided with sound advice about their son’s next school
- Work in liaison with the bursar and financial controller of King’s College School to set budgets and co-operate on other financial and operational matters relating to WCPS
- Ensure the school complies with the regulations as set by ISI
- Market the school successfully to prospective parents
- Report regularly to the Pre-Prep Management Board, which is responsible to the Governing Body for the management and development of WCPS. The Pre-Prep Management Board comprises the headmaster and two deputy heads of King’s College Junior School, the bursar and financial controller, the compliance officer and the headteacher of WCPS. The headteacher of WCPS also attends one full Governing Body meeting and one Education Committee meeting each year so that he/she can report personally to the governors.
- This is an exciting post which offers the right person many opportunities for personal and professional fulfilment. The successful candidate is likely to:
- Be a fully qualified, graduate teacher
- Have successful management experience in a pre-prep school, the pre-prep department of a prep school or a primary school
- Possess the personal qualities and professional skills to win the confidence of the staff, parents and pupils
- Demonstrate a genuine understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical requirements of all the boys at the school, and to possess a real enthusiasm for their development and well-being
- Possess the necessary skills to work successfully with the bursar and financial controller in matters relating to finance and operation of the school
- Be a thoughtful, compassionate person with
- a pleasant sense of humour
- Be ambitious for themselves and the school
- The current post holder is a member of IAPS.
King’s has several international schools abroad and there may be opportunities for the headteacher at WCPS to be involved in the development of the pre-prep sections of these schools.
Closing date: Tuesday 4th May 2021 at noon
For further information and details on how to apply, please refer to the school's website
Wimbledon Common Prep School is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of an enhanced DBS disclosure, satisfactory references, medical clearance and proof of legal right to work in the UK.
Wimbledon Common Preparatory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.